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It is officially finals week! We survived online classes! It has been a rough rode for sure but we got through it because we are apart of the Norwich family! We can overcome and conquer any battles presented to us! I cannot believe how fast this semester flew by. It is so hard to believe that after this week, I will officially be a senior in college! I hope everyone is finding enough motivation to finish strong with study and preparing for finals! Grab a cup of coffee and let's grind out the rest of the semester. I am so excited for online classes to be behind us, and be able to return back to campus in August. I have truly missed Norwich and living on campus. We will all reunite in August! Congratulations to everyone, and I wish you the best of luck on finals! Keep studying hard to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at In Their Words
Working during a pandemic is scary for sure. It is scary walking into work every day to the unknown. The levels of anxiety have spiked tremendously all around the world. I am a Licensed Nurses Assitant at a nursing home and it is truly heartbreaking. This stay at home order is not only affecting us and our jobs, but it is really affecting our residents. Going into work seeing my residents so upset because they cannot see their families really is devastating. It is such a difficult depressing time in the world right now for everyone. To my fellow healthcare personnel, we are the only ones our residents have right now. We are their support system! Let's continue to rise about this and keep doing what we do! I thank everyone that is working the front lines during a deadly pandemic. To people that work in healthcare, EMS personnel, our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at In Their Words
Is anyone else struggling to find motivation during this quarantine? I have been having a hard time getting up in the morning and starting my day. While the stay at home order is in place, I have not been as productive as I need to be. It is so easy to wake up late and stay in bed watching Netflix. However, unfortunately, I need to be productive or my grades will go downhill. I have mastered a few tips and tricks to help with motivation! I first start out my morning with coffee, because who doesn't like coffee?! I have started to set my alarm to wake me up at 8 am every morning to get ready for the day. I always take a cold shower to wake me up, go downstairs to eat breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and gives your brain fuel to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at In Their Words
As we all are struggling with online classes, we are somehow managing to survive. It for sure has been a huge change for us all from having to switch to online classes. The go-to class meetings, as well as online assignments, has been difficult to keep up. It is so much easier to fall behind while having online classes because you dont have actual classes to attend to hold yourself accountable. Also, not having your friends around to study in the library with or even grab a coffee together has been one of my biggest issues. However, besides all that, we get to attend class in our pajamas! Who doesn't love that?! It is so nice to roll out of bed 10 minutes before a go to a class meeting and attend a lecture in the comfort of our own home. You can also attend class in bed if you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at In Their Words
I didn't expect to be moving out of my college dorm this soon in the semester. It was definitely a bittersweet day. I will miss living on campus but it is also exciting to move back home with my family. I am looking forward to moving back into my dorm in the fall semester. Living on campus and getting the full college experience is so worth it! Living on campus helps you become more outgoing and make friends. I am for sure going to miss my friends on campus but we all will be back in August! Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at In Their Words
Unfortunately, the Jr ring ceremony for this month has been canceled. However, we will be celebrating in the fall semester when we receive our wooden boxes for our rings. I received my Jr class ring this evening in the mail, and I could not be happier with the way it turned out! Regardless of not receiving our ring at our ceremony, it is still such an exciting time. These rings symbolize the hard work, dedication, and accomplishments all of us juniors have put into our schooling. I am so thrilled to celebrate with my fellow classmates in the fall. Getting a class ring is so worth it! Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at In Their Words
Norwich just sent out an update regarding the Covid-19 outbreak. As of March 23rd, all of our classes and clinical will be moved onto an online format. The coronavirus is becoming way too dangerous to resume in-person classes. In order to keep us all safe and healthy, Norwich is shutting down campus to stop the spread of the virus. With students returning from all over the world from spring break, this virus could be spread too quickly. The news reports are telling everyone to keep a 6 feet distance from other people and that is not realistic in a school setting. Although online classes are not ideal, if it is what needs to be done to keep us safe then it is important. I am thankful that Norwich is sending us updates and answering our questions the best they can. I hope you all are staying safe and healthy! Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at In Their Words
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, spring break got extended for another week. Norwich University is taking this outbreak very serious to keep students and faculty members safe. There have been multiple emails sent out to students reassuring us of the steps that Norwich is doing to prevent the spread of the virus. They are wiping down all surfaces at school and taking this week to figure out what the next steps will be. It is important right now that the Norwich community comes together to figure out a plan that will keep us all safe and healthy. In dangerous and scary times like this, it is so nice to see Norwich taking all the right precautions necessary. I am so thankful I go to a school that looks out for its students and faculty. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at In Their Words
Norwich has been a winter wonderland! This past week, it has been extremely cold and windy on campus. Students are walking around all bundled up in multiple jackets, and winter boots on. It has been one crazy winter in Vermont and I know a lot of us are ready for warmer weather! The winter weather is not all that bad if you bundle up and prepare for it! I can say though, Norwich is really beautiful in the wintertime, which makes for great pictures! Yesterday there were students making a snowman outside my dorm window. It is pretty cool to see the difference between people who have not really seen snow besides this winter! Bundle up everyone and stay warm! Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at In Their Words
This semester is flying by in a blink of an eye! I feel like just yesterday I was taking my midterms for last semester and here we are, already halfway through another semester! I can't say I am upset about the fact that this semester is already done however, I really have been enjoying my classes this semester. This is the semester I have been waiting for since starting nursing school, mainly because I want to be a labor and delivery nurse after graduation and this is the semester to learn ALL about that! You can totally tell when midterms are here, the library gets a lot more busy than usual! The Dunkin donuts line is always busy, but when exams are in session, it is even more packed! Students run on Dunkin! Especially when we are up all night study for our midterms, coffee definitely is needed! Good luck... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at In Their Words
Spring break is right around the corner! I am sure we are all so ready for a break from school! I am excited to be able to work a lot over spring break since I am not able to work a lot during school. I am also looking forward to seeing my friends and family back home. Even though school will be out of session for a week, I will be trying to take advantage of this time to study for my finals! As soon as we return back from break, I have my OB class final so I will be a bit busy! Breaks are a time away from school and a time to relax, but I will feel a lot better about taking my final if I am able to have the time to study instead of trying to cram right before an exam! I hope everyone is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at In Their Words
Today was the day I have been waiting for forever, to try on the ring that I customized! The Civilian Junoir Ring try on was today in the WCC. It was such a cool experience to watch everyone get so excited together. We were all able to try on our ring and make any requests to change the size, color of the stone, etc. Jostens and the Civilian Jr Ring committee did a fabulous job at hosting this event. There were beautiful decorations hung up, and they even set up a snack table that included different kinds of popcorns, chocolates and gummy bears that we were able to snack on while trying on our rings. We were able to take pictures of our junior rings so we could show our families. Now we wait until March to receive our rings at the ceremony! Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at In Their Words
Coming to Norwich one of the biggest things I kept hearing about was the ring. While I am a civilian student, I still feel that the ring symbolizes a huge step in life and is a great symbol of accomplishment. A few months ago I designed and ordered my ring and have been anxiously waiting ever since. The day is slowly approaching when I get to try it on and when I get to go receive my ring as well. I think having that ring will remind me of how close I am to graduating from college. Not many people in my family have done this so I pride myself on this accomplishment. I have worked hard to get the opportunity to purchase and wear my ring proudly. I can say for any underclassmen reading this, the excitement gets bigger and bigger the closer you get to that day. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at In Their Words
Now that we are a few weeks into the semester I think we could all use a break or a little pick me up. I know I could use one with all the nursing homework I have that just seems to pile up every day. I also know that It is hard to tell yourself to keep going and that its almost done because it just never feels that way. My biggest recommendation for combatting this would be to find a library buddy. Find somebody who will go to the library with you and sit down and do homework with you. I would say that it is easier to do with someone who is in the same major as you or who has the same interests, that way if there are any questions you can bounce them off each other. Also, it is always nice to have someone to talk... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at In Their Words
This semester I am overly excited to start my rounds in the postpartum unit at UVM, working with babies and their mothers is my planned career. I have been looking forward to this part of nursing school for a very long time and am so happy it is here. This is what I have dreamed of doing since I was a little girl and its exciting to get to finally get an opportunity to do so. By doing this I hope I am able to grasp a better understanding of the birthing process and how to care for individuals before and after this process. A personal hope for me is to be involved with a delivery, but I obviously can't force a baby to be born so I will have hope and be patient. I am a bit nervous going to such a large facility like UVM, but I know... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at In Their Words
There is no better feeling than packing the car up and heading home. I can say though that even though its only an hour ride it feels like forever. Homesickness is a real thing whether you are an hour away or 10 hours away, no matter what not being home is hard to do and even harder on some days. I can say though the feeling of walking through my front door makes it all worth it. Seeing family and just being back in my town with all the people I am familiar with always makes me feel better. I have been home for a couple of weeks on break now and I have enjoyed every minute of it, while I do miss some of my friends back at school its good to see the ones I have back home. Not to mention the free laundry and home-cooked dinners aren’t... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at In Their Words
This whole semester I have been traveling to a medical center to take part in a Medical-Surgical clinical. This has been a real eye-opening experience for me and the other individuals with me. I was given the opportunity to perform real procedures and protocols in a facility with real patients. While this was a lasting and educational experience, it still came with its challenges. Waking up at 4:30 am on clinical days are often dreadful, however, I really enjoyed starting my day earlier. With being done clinical around 12:30, I was able to get back to campus and get homework or studying done. It is very important to find a balance between clinical and school, and you still need to make time for your homework. My medsurg clinical was one that I will always remember, and use throughout the rest of my life. I have learned a lot of things... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2019 at In Their Words
If you were to ask any nursing major, they will tell you this coming week begins the longest weeks of a semester. What comes along with these weeks are late nights, never-ending stress, and a lot of career contemplation. I have an exam this coming week and three exams during finals week, just in my nursing classes. Needless to say for the next two weeks my life will consist of nothing other than books, chow, and online PowerPoints. Choosing this major has definitely left me at times wondering if this is something I really want to do, but every time I come to the conclusion that it is. Nursing and helping others is something I have a passion for and want to do for the rest of my life. Everyone I have talked to in this field has always told me that all the work is truly worth it in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2019 at In Their Words
It is always a bittersweet feeling arriving back on campus after a break, but it had to be done. My Thanksgiving was a well-needed break from school and my hectic nursing schedule. I was able to go home and see my family and spend some quality time with my cat and my parents. I got a chance to go on a call with my mom’s rescue squad and had an opportunity to go out on a call. That is something I really enjoy doing in my free time. My actual Thanksgiving was a real bright spot in my break. The family that I have not seen in a while was able to come and spend time with me and make some new memories. As always my mother’s cooking was delicious, all together it was a good day. As I’m sure many of you did, I indulged in some Black Friday... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2019 at In Their Words
I have fought to get to this moment, but it is finally here. Thanksgiving break is finally upon us. In the past two weeks I have had 3 nursing exams and a sociology paper, I am truly ready to be home and school free. To add to the exams I chose to cram in all my homework before the break so I could enjoy it. However, any nursing major will tell you, the work never ends and I will have some do over break. Being from Vermont I go home often, but it will be nice to be there for more than a weekend. I love being home with family, eating good food, and watching movies with my parents. While I only have to travel an hour to go, I know some of you have a much longer trip home. With that being said, I hope you all have a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2019 at In Their Words
I have been asked so many times by my peers, how I juggle time to have a job while attending school full time. I honestly couldn’t tell you how I have the time because it can get challenging having to work when you have assignments due left and right. However, I think it is VERY important to separate your personal life from school. You still need to find time to do things that make you happy. I enjoy going to my job because it gives me a break from school work and also gives me some time to get off campus. I think it is essential to have a job during college even if it is a few hours a week, not only to be making a little bit of money but also to give you that self pride. Once you see paychecks coming in, you get a sense of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at In Their Words
Every year around Halloween, the Res Life sets up an event that is open to the community. This event is very well planned and you can totally see all the hard work that the RA’s put into it. They set up a night where students can come and carve pumpkins to set up around campus for the trick or treaters to come. They get decorations and decorate the residental building with fake spider webs, pumpkins, spiders, lights, etc. Kids are able to get dressed up and come through the halls of the residental buildings while the students hand out candy to them. I think it is such a great way to combined the community with our school. It is fun for not only the kids to dress up but also us students. Students also decorate the outside of their doors for this night. It allows us to take a break... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at In Their Words
The time is here that everyone has been waiting for...FAMILY WEEKEND! This weekend has always been special to me because its the time that I go see my family. Even though I live only an hour or so away from campus, I still don't see my family as much as I would like too. It is a nice weekend to just relax and be able to breathe. We all need a break from school every now and then and I think it is such a good idea that Norwich has an event called "family weekend." I know how college students branch out when they get to college and often forget to call home to talk to their family, so it is a good reminder to students to take the time to go see them. No matter how old we get, we will always need our family and it is important... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at In Their Words
Happy Halloween Everyone! Halloween day is always my favorite around campus because not only do the students dress up but also the facility. It is so cool to see everyone's creativity and just have fun with it! Today at chow, the Sodexo workers were all dressed up as different emojis. It was such a good conversation starter between the workers to see which emojis are their favorite. I saw a lot of students who did face painting, and it amazes me how artistic people get. It is another way of expressing yourself and your interest. There were even professors that were celebrating Halloween and had costumes on. Even though Norwich is a military college, we still have a lot of fun! I remember back when I was a kid growing up, Halloween was huge for my family. We would get dressed up hours before, and go trick or treat at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at In Their Words
In my three years being at Norwich, I have found that being apart of clubs and extracricular activities will maximize your college expereince here. Joining clubs, sports teams and work study jobs will help you gain friendships, memories, and achievement. I think staying involved around campus plays a huge part in suceeding here. It is most important to love where you go to school and being involved in things you like doing will help you meet that standpoint. There are job fairs that are held on the WCC green as well as club fairs. There are also bulliten boards around campus and in the residential buildings that have information about how to get involved around campus. If you are a civilian at Norwich, there is often actvities hosted by the RA's like icecream socials and crafts! Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at In Their Words